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Lesson Of The Evil (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Miike Takashi (Director) | Fukikoshi Mitsuru (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor)
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Take a lesson you will never forget in Lesson of the Evil, the controversial new thriller from the prolific Miike Takashi (Thirteen Assassins, For Love's Sake). Based on the two-part novel by horror author Kishi Yusuke, Lesson of the Evil introduces us to Hasumi Seiji, one of the most conniving villains ever in the history of cinema. In a major reversal of the heroic persona he built up with the Umizaru series, Ito Hideaki stars as a charming high school teacher who will blackmail fellow teachers, have sex with his students and even kill his way towards self-preservation. After the film's seemingly normal first half, Miike (who also wrote the script) does away with restrained storytelling and goes all out to create a finale massacre that is bloody, disturbing and as powerful as anything Miike has done before.

Hasumi Seiji (Ito Hideaki) is the new English teacher at the elite Shinko Academy. Handsome, charming and an expert problem solver, Seiji is virtually liked by almost everyone in the school. However, Seiji's façade begins to give way when he uses an extreme way to deal with a demanding father who is harassing the school over his bullied daughter. Soon, Seiji is blackmailing fellow teachers and expanding his power over the rest of the school. One suspicious student decides to investigate Seiji's past, but he doesn't realize that Seiji has planted microphones throughout the school and has begun planning his retaliation.

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Product Title: Lesson Of The Evil (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 惡之教典 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 恶之教典 (2012) (DVD) (香港版) 悪の教典 エクセレント・エディション Lesson Of The Evil (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Fukikoshi Mitsuru (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Takaoka Saki (Actor) | Hayashi Kento (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Kojima Fujiko (Actor) | Mizuno Erina (Actor) | Nikaido Fumi | Nishi Yukito (Actor) | Fujiwara Kaoru (Actor) | Matsuoka Mayu (Actor) | Kudo Asuka | Yamazaki Hirona 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 吹越滿 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 高岡早紀 (Actor) | 林遣都 (Actor) | 染谷將太 (Actor) | 小島藤子 (Actor) | 水野繪梨奈 (Actor) | 二階堂富美 | 西井幸人 (Actor) | Fujiwara Kaoru (Actor) | 松岡茉優 (Actor) | 工藤阿須加 | 山崎纮菜 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 吹越满 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 高冈早纪 (Actor) | 林遣都 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 小岛藤子 (Actor) | 水野绘梨奈 (Actor) | 二阶堂富美 | 西井幸人 (Actor) | Fujiwara Kaoru (Actor) | 松冈茉优 (Actor) | 工藤阿须加 | 山崎纮菜 伊藤英明 (Actor) | 吹越満 (Actor) | 山田孝之 (Actor) | 高岡早紀 (Actor) | 林遣都 (Actor) | 染谷将太 (Actor) | 小島藤子 (Actor) | 水野絵梨奈 (Actor) | 二階堂ふみ | 西井幸人 (Actor) | 藤原薫 (Actor) | 松岡茉優 (Actor) | 工藤阿須加 | 山崎紘菜 Ito Hideaki (Actor) | Fukikoshi Mitsuru (Actor) | Yamada Takayuki (Actor) | Takaoka Saki (Actor) | Hayashi Kento (Actor) | Sometani Shota (Actor) | Kojima Fujiko (Actor) | Mizuno Erina (Actor) | Nikaido Fumi | Nishi Yukito (Actor) | Fujiwara Kaoru (Actor) | Matsuoka Mayu (Actor) | Kudo Asuka | Yamazaki Hirona
Director: Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi 三池崇史 Miike Takashi
Release Date: 2013-05-30
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, Widescreen
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 130 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1033385229

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Director: Miike Takashi

Seiji Has hasumi (32) is an instructor at Shinko Academy, a private high school. He is a model teacher, extremely popular with the students and well respected by the faculty and the PTA. However, one of the students, Reika Katagirl (17), feels something menacing lurking beneath his shining reputation. Hasumi brilliantly solves one problem after another, from a teacher-student sexual harassment to group cheating to bullying, and starts to take control of the school. Specifically, the boss of the bullies gets expelled because of his violent behavior. A “monster parent” dies at home in a fire started by an arsonist. The problems go away, but Reika is uneasy about the way they are solved. Masanobu Tsurii (55), an unpopular teacher in the school, despises the popular Hasumi. He starts investigating Hasumi’ s past and discovers that many people he was involved with have already died. Hasumi, who had hidden listening devices around the school , finds out how Tsurii is looking into his past, so he kill him one day on the train and makes it look like suicide. Hasumi also murders a male student, who was trying to get back at Hasumi for catching him cheat on a test. In his true nature, Hasumi is a psychopath, a man who cannot feel empathy toward other people. Since he was a child, he has killed people who got in his way. He even killed his own parents when they realized what he was doing. Soon, Hasumi becomes physically involved with Miya Yasuhara, a female student who he helped in a sexual harassment incident, and Miya starts to sense his evildoings. Hasumi finds out about Miya’s suspicion and decides that she must be eliminated….
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Professional Review of "Lesson Of The Evil (2012) (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 5, 2013

After a run of more respectable and commercial outings, Miike Takashi gets his hands (very) dirty again with Lesson of the Evil following up Thirteen Assassins and For Love's Sake with a shocking blast of madness and murder. Adapted from horror author Kishi Yusuke's popular 2008 two-parter Aku no Kyoten the film focuses on the exploits of a psychotic teacher played by actor Ito Hideaki, in a huge departure from his heroic role in the blockbuster Umizaru franchise. Feeling at times like a cross between Battle Royale and Confessions like most of Miike's prolific output, the film has enjoyed a successful run at a variety of festivals around the world, being a perfect candidate for midnight screening sessions.

Ito Hideaki plays Hasumi Seiji, the new English teacher at the prestigious high school Shinko Academy, who has returned to Japan after graduating from Harvard and working in the US. A charismatic and caring fellow, Seiji acts as a confidant and mentor for his students, and appears to believe deeply in his profession, going out of his way to help a young girl (Mizuno Erina, Shock Labyrinth 3D who is being sexually harassed by the school's sleazy gym teacher (Miike regular Yamada Takayuki, also in the Crows Zero films). However, all is not as it seems, and with Seiji's behaviour becoming increasingly manipulative and excessive, it's clear that he is planning something unpleasant.

Lesson of the Evilis a film of two quite different halves, the first part of its two hours plus running time being a serious and effective look at high school society and the difficulties of student teacher relationships. Though the viewer obviously knows from early on that Seiji is a homicidal fellow, during these opening stages his psychosis is kept mainly in the background, with Miike slowly and patiently introducing his true nature through hints, odd flashbacks and instances of sinister behaviour. Instead, the film focuses on the various different problems at the school, painting a pretty grim picture of life there, with bullying being rife, and several of the staff members assaulting or carrying on inappropriate associations with the students. It's quietly tense and gripping to watch the many ways in which Seiji works himself into these various situations, taking advantage where he can and laying the seeds for his coming scheme, and though the film is slow to really get going in terms of the mayhem promised by its premise, Miike's script is sharp and involving, in a mean spirited kind of way.

Everything changes after an extended hallucinogenic sequence reveals Seiji's past and the depth of what he's capable of, and for the last forty five minutes or so the film kicks up several gears and goes into a full-on meltdown. Without wishing to spoil the details, the film very quickly gets incredibly violent and bloody, notching up a huge body count in spectacularly over the top fashion. It's jaw-dropping, far-out stuff, and given the subject matter, for many viewers this will make the film pretty hard to watch, perhaps even more so than some of the director's previous forays into shock cinema. What makes it even more so is the ruthless, matter of fact way in which both Miike as director and Seiji as psycho protagonist go about their bloody business - since the film has really only paid cynical lip service to trying to get the viewer to care about the students, the mounting death toll gives the film a wickedly bleak and nihilistic air.

At the same time though, like most of Miike's best efforts, the film is filled with eccentric touches and a definite streak of pitch black humour. With the characterisation of the students being largely on the Battle Royale level of inane dialogue and cliched relationships, the film does feel like it's verging on satire or social commentary, though this is handled with cynical subtlety and doesn't get in the way of the basic horror of the premise. It does however serve to make the many murders and the vast amount of bloodletting feel almost surreal, the school being transformed into a garish mini-hell. Miike also throws in some bizarre fantasy touches, the film venturing into Cronenberg territory with entertaining results, and since it never really offers any explanations or shows any interest in exploring exactly why Seiji is the way he is, this all contributes to one big grand guignol explosion of evil.

For those attuned to this kind of extreme fun and fans of Miike Takashi's earlier cult hits, Lesson of the Evil should definitely hit the spot, especially during its wildly gruesome final act. While perhaps a little too cold, mocking and excessive to be taken seriously or to be emotionally affecting as well as viscerally shocking, it's a fantastic piece of well-crafted, gleefully malicious and outrageous shock cinema.

by James Mudge –

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Over the course of his career, director Miike Takashi has made his share of violent, twisted and (some say) repulsive films. However, I don't think he has made something as shocking as Lesson of the Evil, a horror film that may even make gun control opponents stop and think twice about their stance on the issue.

Taking a 180-degree turn from his heroic role in the Umizaru series, Ito Hideaki plays Hasumi, an English teacher at an elite high school. He's loved by most of his students and respected by his colleagues. However, Hasumi is actually hiding a very dark side beneath the charm, and he's willing to do anything to get away with it.

One of those things: Taking a shotgun and murdering his entire class. In a shocking, blood-splattering 40-minute finale, we see Hasumi kill his teenage students one by one. Granted, the sequence is sometimes played as absurd, over-the-top exploitation that will earn lots of nervous chuckles. However, unlike violent Miike films like Ichi the Killer and even Crows Zero, Lesson is more disturbing because the people who die are no longer perverse gangsters or tough high school thugs, but rather defenseless high schoolers. If you feel like you can't handle the film, no one will blame you.

At the same time, Lesson of the Evil also feels like a refreshing antithesis to Japan's "teachers who inspire" genre made for cynics everywhere. Hasumi may be a psychotic monster, but many of his conniving students don't come off very likable, either. Some are cruel, heartless bullies, some cheat on tests with their cell phones and one even seduces Hasumi. Of course, none of them deserve the fates they meet in the finale, but Lesson of the Evil is daring in taking the genre to a place that even Confessions didn't dare go to, showing a worst-case scenario version of what might happen when educators hit their breaking point for lunacy.

Most amazingly, Miike managed to make this subversive film as a major commercial project. The film's marketing team in Japan even embraced the controversy, running a quote by an AKB48 member who despised the film on its ads (ironically, AKB48 served as promotional models for the film as well). Some may complain that Japanese cinema is stuck in a state of limbo, but it still has the ability to make films that can give audiences a much-needed reminder about the talented people that still work in the industry. Lesson of the Evil is the proof of that very idea.

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